Joe Denly and Ben Stokes share century stand as England stretch lead over Australia

England extended their lead by java on day 3 at The Oval to 262, pressing home their advantage over Australia in the fifth Ashes Test.
Joe Denly (82no) along with Ben Stokes (57no) possibly brought up half centuries in the afternoon session, putting within an unbroken 106-run stand, even though Australia had a chance to pick up Stokes for just seven and also Denly for 54.
Steve Smith dropped Stokes, a sharp chance off Nathan Lyon that flew to him at slip, while Mitchell Marsh must have experienced Denly lbw, only for umpire Marais Erasmus to provide it out not and Australia, not for the very first time in the show, obtaining a DRS call wrong.
England were competitive right in the off against Lyon, perhaps not wanting the offspinner to repay to a pitch that’s beginning to break up. Denly plundered 10 off 2 balls launching a straight down the ground, while Stokes the spinner.
Lyon did, however, manage to hit two in the morning session, with Rory Burns (20) first devoting his wicket away, bottom-edging an attempted cut behind, and Joe Root (21) trimming Lyon to Smith just before supper.
As both passed 13, Stokes and denly were untroubled at the afternoon – Stokes bringing up his with another six hoicked from part time legspinner Marnus Labuschagne off an absolute pie into midwicket – while his century stand came up soon before tea.
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